Mindful Movements: Yes, you can be mindful even if you can’t sit still.

I am often told, “I know meditation is good for me, but I just can’t sit still!”  Well, here is some good news for all of you twitchy would-be meditators: sitting still is not the only way to meditate.  In fact, mindfulness meditation, which focuses greatly on the body, pairs extremely well with movement. When [...]

Self-Compassion Practices for Emotional Distress: It’s not just about being kind

Self-Compassion practices and programs are gaining momentum in psychological treatments and look like they might well become the next wave of transforming our painful feelings. Mindful Self-Compassion (1), developed by Drs. Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff, is an approach that can be both an adjunct to conventional therapies as well as a stand-alone treatment model. The interesting [...]

10 books that are good for your health: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Happiness

As we enter the New Year, let's make 2015 a year of exploring the many gifts from skilled researchers and clinicians which can support our resolution to live better. The participants of the Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management, Burnout Resilience and Pain Management programs at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic have one wish in common: a desire to find a [...]

Building Safeness: How to get intimate with our inner critic

We all want to feel safe. It's important. When we feel safe, we feel confident and more willingly open ourselves to new experiences. In fact, feeling safe leads to the willingness to take risks - to risk being known, being seen, loving and feeling loved. As we encounter the world in all its various ways of [...]

A Complaint-Free World: The deepest practice of compassion

Stop complaining? No way. It's how we vent, share our pain, give voice to injustices! But is it? Recently, a dear colleague and friend got me into this practice of being complaint-free. It's a program started by Will Bowen who was encouraging his congregation to develop a new habit. It takes 21-days to form a [...]

We are 10 Years Old!

Ten years ago, we (Frank Musten & Lynette Monteiro) were inspired by the development of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (see Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A new approach to preventing relapse by Zindel Segal, J. Mark Williams & John Teasdale; Guilford Press) and, after a brief correspondence with Dr. Segal, launched the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. It [...]

Taking the path from forgiveness to gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.  It is a time to reflect on the wonderful people we have in our lives and the good things that have blessed this life.  In the language of practice, we "incline our hearts" towards the practice of gratitude.  This is a wonderful practice on the path of well-being.  And [...]